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During their lunch breaks and after school for two weeks, students in Brian Kells's television production classes at University High School in Orange City ran the teleprompter, operated the cameras and set the boom microphone as they worked in the video production studio to make commercials raising awareness about domestic violence.
Men and women in Volusia County volunteered to be taped for commercials raising awareness about domestic violence and the Domestic Abuse Council of Volusia County. Women and men from law enforcement, sports teams and academia are just some of the professions represented.
The Domestic Abuse Council reached out to Mr. Kells for this project for several reasons.
"We had this wonderful opportunity to air some commercials through a burgeoning relationship with Bright House Networks, yet we had no means to produce the commercials. Brian Kells along with the principal at University High School and the school system allowed us to create two commercials at no cost," said Cheryl Fuller, Domestic Abuse Council CEO.
Mr. Kells has been teaching TV production for the last 13 years. There are about 350 students enrolled in the program at University High, and since the school opened four years ago, Mr. Kells and his TV production students have won several awards in the student category, including an international film festival in Montreal, Canada, for a 20-minute short on drinking and the prom. His students also won a film competition in California and the Port Orange film festival.
Through a sponsorship with Bright House Networks the commercials will air on a broad spectrum of channels through Feb. 12.
For information, visit domesticabusecouncil.com. The Domestic Abuse Hotline is (800) 500-1119.